Easy Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill
All across the UK, not just in Great Yarmouth, energy bills are rising. The average home with 4 occupants now uses 13 electronic appliances, this includes televisions and laptops. In comparison with 1990, the jump is stark; just four appliances were typically used. This is according to the Energy Consumption in the UK (ECUK) 2017 report. And, although we own more appliances, we still roughly use the same amount of energy as we did two decades ago meaning that our electrical devices have become more energy efficient over time. You may find yourself battling with these increases by switching providers every year, but it is both tedious and time-consuming. However, there are a lot of ways which are much easier that you can do to reduce energy consumption and above all save you money.
Turn off standby appliances
Turning appliances off at the plug can save an average of £30 a year. A household with more than the average amount of electronic gadgets could see annual savings reach between £50 and £80. Alternatively, you can have plug sockets installed by your local electrician that can be turned off via your phone, and this is an improved way of ensuring that you switch those unused appliances off. Or, a cheaper option which your electrician can recommend are timer plugs that schedule turning appliances off.
Buy efficient appliances
Throwing away a perfectly good working appliance is not going to save you a lot of money. However, when it comes to that time when you need to invest in some new electrical appliances for your household, making the switch to one with a high energy-efficient rating can be worth it. For example, an electric over with the new A+ efficiency rating will use approximately 40% less energy in comparison to a B-rated oven. An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £190 in energy bills over its 10-year lifetime compared to an A+ model. If you are unsure about different ratings, ask your local electrician and they can advise you which appliances will be most efficient during your instillation.
Monitor your usage
Keeping an eye on your electricity consumption levels can help you decide when you have to change the way you use your energy. Installing a SmartMeter is the easiest and most accurate way of keeping an eye on your consumption. It also will give you real time information, including cost. Most providers are now installing these for free for customers. However, if you want to learn more about how they work then just ask your local electrician and they will be more than happy to provide you with more information on how they work.
Install new lighting
Lighting is not something everyone thinks about in their home, but even your lights are increasing your electricity bill and costing you more. We may have already made the switch from traditional bulbs to energy-saving ones, but is there more you can do? While they are more expensive, you can invest in replacing your lighting with the new LED lights. This is one of the newest and most cost effective ways of reducing your electricity bill, and is certainly worth the increase in price over the long run. Additionally, LED lighting does not just benefit your electricity bill. They are in fact much brighter, which means your home will not only be lighter everywhere but it will actually use less electricity. They are also compatible with dimmer switches and can be bought in a selection of colours for mood and ambience. Finally, they are even less likely to cause headaches. If you are interested in making the switch, your local electrician can provide you with LED lights and take care of the electrical installation for you. Just make sure you use a certified electrician so you know they are more than capable of carrying out the work to a good/safe standard.